Charles A. Carlson

Charles A. Carlson: Attorney with Barnett, Bolt, Kirkwood, Long & Koche, P.A. AV stamp icon
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Charlie built his legal practice on the notion that lawyers are essentially specialized, professional writers who use words to advocate the interests of their clients in the context of the substantive law and applicable procedures. In his early career, Charlie worked in various capacities for newspapers and other publications, including as a reporter. Charlie graduated from the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English at Florida State University and has continued to study the art of writing throughout his life.

Charlie graduated with honors from the University of Florida College of Law in 1987. Upon graduation, Charlie was honored to serve a judicial clerkship with the Honorable William Terrell Hodges in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Charlie joined the firm in 1990.

Charlie is currently the Managing Partner of the firm.

Experienced litigator

As an attorney in a busy but small litigation department within a highly sophisticated business law firm, Charlie has handled lawsuits in nearly every imaginable area of commercial litigation in state and federal courts and in administrative forums. In his more than 20 years with the firm, Charlie has successfully handled:

Real estate litigation

Insurance coverage matters

Commercial liability

Title insurance issues

Covenants not to compete

Employment contracts

Probate and trust disputes

Business torts

Commercial sales disputes

Mergers and acquisitions disputes

Construction defect litigation

Debt collection Disciplinary actions in administrative forums

Business litigation support in complex marital dissolution matters

In addition, Charlie has extensive experience in First Amendment issues, having represented writers in complex libel actions and media organizations in actions under the Florida Public Records Act and in pre-publication review. Charlie has also handled numerous appeals, including appeals to the Second and Fifth District Courts of Appeal, and to the Eleventh and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals.

Charlie is active in his church and in numerous charitable organizations and endeavors. He lives in South Tampa with his wife, Becky, and their three children.

Professional Associations

Hillsborough County Bar Association

The Florida Bar (Member, Trial Lawyers Section, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section)

Federal Bar Association

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Commercial Litigation - Appellate Practice
  • Construction Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Real Property Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
813-253-2020  Phone
813-251-6711  Fax
University Attended:
Florida State University, B.A., 1983
Law School Attended:
University of Florida, J.D., with honors, 1987
Year of First Admission:
1987, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; 1999, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 2010, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida; 1989, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; 2008, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida; 1987, Florida; 1993, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida; 2010, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
Hillsborough County Bar Association; The Florida Bar (Member, Trial Lawyers; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Sections); First Amendment Foundation.
Birth Information:
Johnstown, Pennsylvania, September 25, 1962
Payment Information:
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

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Tampa, Florida

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